We license and inspect abortion clinics in AZ. Due to a court settlement agreement (unlike other health care institutions we license) we’re currently required to get an administrative search warrant before conducting an unannounced inspection of an abortion clinic. For a routine compliance inspection, we need to give them 10 days-notice.
On Tuesday, the Governor signed HB 2284, which (when it becomes effective later this Summer) will make our abortion clinics inspection authority more consistent with our authority for the other health care institutions we license. Basically, we’ll have the authority to conduct an unannounced inspection when we have reasonable cause to believe the clinic isn’t adhering to licensing requirements or any other law or rule concerning abortions without getting an administrative search warrant. We’ll start a rulemaking shortly to adjust our rules so they’re consistent with the new statute.